Remember that scene in Devil Wears Prada where Amanda Priestley schools the naïve intern on cerulean blue? She ends with –
Every so often a collection comes down the runway in Paris (or Milan, London etc etc) and it immediately becomes incredibly popular, and the trickle down effect means it’s in the shops on Lambton Quay quick as a wink (horrifyingly quick). Such was the impact of Gucci in 2016. Look at it. Magnificent.
I embraced the knowledge that I was just a cog in the machine that is the fashion industry, and allowed Gucci inspiration to course through my brain and select this clashy fiesta of shininess. I mean, even I have a limit, so I didn’t pile in on the accessories in quite the same way, but I put away the navy pants and went for the print on print option.
For a while in the early part of this century, all the fashion magazines were running ceaseless articles on how to artfully mix prints. Gucci has signalled a bright new future, where you no longer have to be artful – just pile on whatever takes your fancy, and embrace your inner eccentric 80 year old woman living in a cave built of her lifetime collection of costume jewellery. Get some gigantic glasses or some shoes made of fur and make a major scene.
If you’re not ready to go Full Gucci and stop caring completely about whether your mix of prints is even slightly coherent, then you can parse those rules from fashion magazines down to one or two simple tricks. You don’t want the two prints to be too similar – in this case a regular, repeating pattern on the bottom and a more randomised floral print on the top. You do want there to be some kind of uniting factor – in this case, the red in the shoes, the red in the background to the skirt and the red line detailing in the blouse, as well as the purple elements in both the skirt and blouse.
Ultimately though, the secret is the same as it always is. Just wear whatever you like and exercise your Don’t Like It, Don’t Look attitude like it’s your dang job.